What I Read: June 2013

I read 7 books in June, 2 non-fiction, 5 fiction, heavy on the children’s/YA. 4 were on Kindle, 3 were in print.

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. This was described as being like “Nickel and Dimed”, but for food and that’s a pretty accurate description. McMillan works as a farm worker, harvesting crops, at Wal-mart in the grocery section, and at Applebee’s as an expediter. She reports on the hard work, low wages, and the way we the food we eat is produced and distributed. Really interesting.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. A friend of mine read and loved this book, so I was interested to read it. When her responsible, lawyer father disappears one day without a trace, Julia decides to try to track him down – making her way to his home country of Burma. Really good storytelling.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. This book was fascinating to me – all about how we develop habits and how we can change them, how advertising uses this knowledge of habits to sell us stuff, how we can use that knowledge to develop the habits we want. Really interesting. It’s not often that I tell Jami she should read a book I read, but this was one.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Do you like children’s books about smart, strong, independent, sassy princesses? If so, this book (and the sequel below) are for you. So fun, so entertaining. Castle Glower has a will of it’s own – and a tendency to add or remove rooms when it is bored. 11 year-old Celie knows the castle best, and when there are some disturbing developments, she puts this knowledge to good use.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Another YA Fantasy novel (what can I say? It’s summer. I want amusing!) There is an uneasy peace between dragons and humans in Goredd, but on the eve of the 40th anniversary between the two, tensions are rising. Caught up in the intrigue is 16-year-old assistant court musician Seraphina Dombegh, who has a secret of her own. It took me a little while to get into this book, but then it got GOOD. The sequel doesn’t come out until 2014, and I’m already looking forward to it.

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George. The sequel to Tuesdays in the Castle. Worth a read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child. If you’ve read any of Child’s Clarice Bean books, you know that she has a thing for a mystery series featuring child spy Ruby Redfort – well now Child has written a Ruby Redfort mystery for us all to enjoy (and I very much did)!

Lots of amusing stuff this month, some interesting stuff, not a dud in the bunch.

What I Read: June 2013

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